Gilera XR-T600


Make Model

Gilera XR-T600


1988 -


Four stroke, single cylinder, DOHC, 4 valves


558 cc / 34.0 cu-in
Bore x Stroke 98 x 74 mm
Cooling System Liquid cooled
Compression Ratio 10.5:1


2x 30mm carburetor


Starting Electric

Max Power

53 hp / 39.5 kW @ 7800 rpm

Max Torque

51 Nm / 37 lb-ft @ 5500 rpm

Transmission  /  Drive

5 Speed 
Final Drive Chain

Front Suspension

41mm Morzocchi  forks
Front Wheel Travel 160 mm / 6.2 in

Rear Suspension

Boge shocks variable preload
Rear Wheel Travel 260 mm / 10.2 in

Front Brakes

Single 260mm disc

Rear Brakes

Single 220mm disc

Front Tyre

90/90 -21

Rear Tyre

130/80 -17

Wet Weight

190.0 kg / 418.9 lbs

Fuel Capacity 

20 Litres / 5.2 US gal

Consumption Average

17.6 km/lit

Braking 60 - 0 / 100 - 0

14.6 m / 42.9 m

Standing ¼ Mile  

14.1 sec / 145.3 km/h

Top Speed

161.9 km/h / 100 08 mph
Road Test Adventure Group test Motosprint 1988

The XRT was everything the Dakota was not, with its 569cc (99 x 74mm) engine and low 150kg (3311b) weight (it was also built for the Italian market with the 348.8cc engine). Maximum power was now up to 47bhp at 7,000rpm and Gilera claimed 105mph(169km/h).

All the good features of the Dakota engine had been retained, although the hydraulically operated clutch had been abandoned in favour of a cable operated device.

Although the frame remained essentially the same, there was a new, stronger swinging-arm. The rear drum brake of the Dakota had been replaced by a 230mm disc, with the original 260mm disc up front retained. But with the benefit of a more efficient rear stopper, braking was noticeably improved.

The 3311b (150kg) weight was for the model without electric start. The same 180w alternator was used for both the electric- and non-electric-start versions of the XRT, but they came with nine and four-teen-amp hour batteries respectively.

In the styling department the XRT was a generation ahead of the Dakota, even though a mere two years before the latter had been a real head-turner. The XRT simply looked stunning with its flowing bodywork, upswept single silencer, twin headlamp fairing, and massive sump shield/fairing enveloping the bottom end of the engine. However much you might have

The XRT 600 was a definite improvement over the 350/500 Dakota, with its more torquey 569cc (99 x 74mm) engine and superior power-to-weight ratio. There was also an Italian-market 350 version.

admired the Dakota, the XRT just looked that much better. It was also a better bike where it counted, out on the street or trail, with its improved performance, superior power-to-weight ratio, better braking and improved riding position. Viewed from every angle it was an excellent motorcycle.